Lesson 0 is a cycle of exhibitions to be held at Espai 13 of the Fundació Joan Miró during the 2014–15 season. Curated by Azotea (Ane Agirre and Juan Canela), it is a transversal project reflecting on the current state of art education. Lesson 0 focuses on educational methods, far removed from the conventional ones, in a search for other forms of transmission of knowledge.
The cycle includes four exhibition projects featuring Priscila Fernandes, Rita Ponce de León, Anna Craycroft / Marc Vives in collaboration with Rivet and Eva Kotatkova. They explore, imagine and rehearse different forms of learning in relation to the exhibition space. The four projects are based on Friction Pedagogies, a programme of educational mediation conducted by Aida Sánchez de Serdio, Cristian Añó (Sinapsis) and Rachel Fendler.
The activities of the cycle Lesson 0 began in 2013–14 with the residency of the artist Jaume Ferrete at the Institut Doctor Puigverd, in the context of En Residència, funded by the ICUB of the Ajuntament de Barcelona. This year the programme continues with a residency by the artist Lúa Coderch.
Since October 2013, other activities related to the cycle have taken place in collaboration with A*Desk, Irregular Section (Mercat de les Flors) and La Panacée (Montpellier). The project also participated in Artist Print, a book-fair dedicated to artists’ publications, organised by Komplot, Brussels.
A final publication will feature all the texts and graphic material generated throughout the cycle. The artist Antonio Gagliano will be involved in the whole process and will record all the activities with drawings to be included in the final publication.
Pedagogic mediation programme conducted by Aida Sánchez de Serdio and Cristian Añó (Sinapsis) with Rachel Fendler.
Friction pedagogies aims to build relationships through negotiation with and between various groups from the art proposals that make up Lesson 0’s exhibition programme.
Aesthetic education did not figure as a subject at the Modern School. But several articles published in their monthly Bulletin point to the role of the artist in society and the advantages of including artistic activities in the processes of learning.
For Lesson 0, Eva Kot’átková presents a project based on the contrast or complicity, often uncomfortable, between the imagination space in which art classes develop and the academic environment that often surrounds them.